Then there were four.
And the latest is the most horrifying of them all.
According Southwest Riverside News Network, a 68-year old Corona man was intentionally run-down and killed while riding in Home Gardens.
And no, I’ve never heard of it either.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s department reports that Herman Armando Villalobos was riding his bike in the 3700 block of Windsong Street in Home Gardens around 4:40 pm Sunday. That’s when 23-year old Anaheim resident Anthony Ray Lopez allegedly took aim with his car and deliberately plowed into Villalobos’ bike, then drove off like any other killer.
CHP officers discovered the victim laying in the street; he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lopez based on information provided by witnesses, as well as other evidence. No word yet on motive, how the collision occurred or why investigators believe the collision was intentional.
Lopez is booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside Monday morning, and is being held on $1 million bond for suspicion of murder.
And give the SRNN and Orange County Register reporters credit for not calling this an accident.
This is the fourth cycling fatality in Southern California since the first of the year, and the second already this year in Riverside County.
Update: As of Tuesday night, there’s still no update on why the authorities consider this an intentional attack.
The Orange County Register reports that the victim’s family has no idea who Lopez is or why he would attack the 68-year old grandfather.
KCBS quotes Villalobos’ son as saying the loss hits his family particularly hard, since Villalobos’ son says his mother and sister both passed away earlier this year.
“My dad, he was a very loving man,” said Joseph. “I think it’s absolutely disgusting that my dad was run down, recklessly, for no reason…”
“Whoever did this, I hope they can feel the pain that we feel,” said Joseph. “This person made me and my sister orphans.”
According to the Press-Enterprise, Villalobos was near his home when he was killed, and just riding for exercise. They also report there were a number of witnesses to the collision.